Horror author Max Brooks is writing an official Minecraft novel.

Minecraft: The Island is described as "cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds".

And, of course, Minecraft does indeed feature Brooks' signature topic: zombies.

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Rock-themed co-op brawler Super Dungeon Bros comes out on 1st November.

That's for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam, priced £14.99 / $19.99 / €19.99.

Super Dungeon Bros is developed by React Games. There are light role-playing game elements, but the focus is on fun arcade-style four-player action.

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The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ comes out on 20th October for those who backed its IndieGoGo campaign, according to the company behind it.

The crowdfunded retro recreation comes with 1000 licensed games built in, Retro Computers Ltd said.

The Vega+ raised £366,655 on IndieGoGo, 367 per cent of the target. It had been due out this month, in September, so the October release amounts to a delay. But Retro added that it expects the Vega+ to be sold online in time for Christmas 2016.

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After a whirlwind tour of Paris, Marrakesh, Bangkok and the Amalfi Coast, Hitman touches down tomorrow in Colorado, USA.

More than six months on and five episodes in (six if you count the summer bonus release), Hitman developer IO Interactive faces a challenge to entice players back to its episodic Hitman series.

Hitman's formula is now well established - and one difficulty of an episodic release is that Hitman's experienced players are now very, very experienced. But Colorado introduces some new tweaks to its bodycount-building recipe IO hopes will entice players of all skill levels back to the fold.

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A patch is coming to Overwatch that could change the experience considerably on console. Blizzard is finally doing something about thumbstick acceleration.

Overwatch is getting a new mode of control for thumbsticks. The old mode will still be there, so if you like it you can stick with it, but it will no longer be the default mode.

The new default mode will be Dual-Zone mode. Here is Blizzard's explanation of it:

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EA and Origin Access subscribers can play Battlefield 1 early, as you'd expect.

The shooter's Play First Trial begins on 13th October, a week before the game launches proper on 21st October.

The trial gives you 10 hours of game time, but you don't get access to the full game. Five maps and four modes are available, including St. Quentin Scar, Amiens, Sinai Desert, Fao Fortress and Suez in the Conquest, Rush, Operations, and Domination modes.

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QI-type question for you: What enduring PC game, first unleashed upon the world in 2002, links this here Eternal Crusade and the recently Death Star-augmented Star Wars Battlefront? Why yes, dear reader, your host does display a mischievous glint suggestive of a trap being laid, but too late - the quick-to-the-buzzer types among you have already blurted out an answer, which is of course wrong.

Well, not entirely. It would be foolish to deny how deeply DICE's Battlefield series has influenced the design of every combined arms shooter of the last 15 years, with the original entrenched into the genre's foundations and its successors' largely unchallenged occupation of the centre ground. However, akin to fractious allies encamped on either side, while Battlefront and Eternal Crusade have more in common than will ever divide them, in many ways the games are quite different.

How different you ask? Well, leaving aside the obvious contrast in their respective sci-fi IPs (which, incidentally, both games display great affection for), one is accessible, evocative and insubstantial, while the other is oblique, ungainly and compelling. If they were generals fighting on the same side, they would be forever bickering over the best way forward. You can probably work out which is which, but the point is that they both get the job done, by playing to the strengths of the source material. In this case by referencing codices rather than iconic movie scenes.

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The first Forza Horizon game is nearing "end of life" status, Microsoft has said.

Forza Horizon, which came out in October 2012 for the Xbox 360, and its associated DLC will no longer be available to buy from 20th October 2016, a post on the Forza website revealed. That means the game will have been on sale as a download for four years.

Of course, if you own Forza Horizon before 20th October 2016, you can still download and play the game and its DLC as normal. It's just that after that date it will no longer be on sale.

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As per Activision's marketing deal with Sony for this year's Call of Duty, the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta goes live on PlayStation 4 a week before it does on Xbox One.

The beta begins at 5pm UK time on the 14th October on PS4, and runs until 5pm UK time 17th October.

The second week of the beta begins on PS4 and Xbox One at 5pm on 21st October, and runs until 24th October.

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